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Teaching the Language of Innovation

Voluntary Summer Reading

Summer Reading has had some controversy recently [i], but the following is not a mandatory reading list.  Instead, these books are some suggestions that I think anyone from the classroom to the boardroom will find both practical and engaging. Lifelong Kindergarten:...

You Say You Want a Revolution?

21 years ago, I was hired as a teacher. It was the late 90s, a mere three decades since the advent of international testing of academic achievement. That initiative, as it turns out, became the impetus for changing the structure and format of the US educational...

Physical Models in the Classroom

Look in any child’s room and most likely there will be some sort of blocks or building material piled up somewhere. Wanting to build or create something is a desire that begins at a very early age in children and develops as they grow. That feeling of accomplishment...

Anecdotes of Culture

In her book, Radical Candor. Be a Kick-Ass Boss, Without Losing Your Humanity author Kim Scott relays the story of arriving to her office at Google to find a couch had been moved to a place where it forced people to take a few extra steps to get around it.  As Kim was...

Optimizing Learning through Technology

Today, basic computer literacy is emphasized in almost every school’s educational requirements, but usually as a stand-alone core competency. Students need to strive to be technologically literate by optimizing learning through technology.

Taking Care in Making Connections

The recent teacher walkouts in the US serve as an interesting backdrop for an inspired article by the editors of Bloomberg, a piece aimed at sharing ideas on how to make better teachers. 

Applying Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum

Computational thinking allows students to draw connections between what they’re learning and how to approach problems across all disciplines.  By using computational thinking across the curriculum, you can begin to see a relationship between subjects as well as what is happening in the classroom and life outside in the real world.

Plenty to Look Forward to at the 2018 CSTA Conference

Computer Science educators, researchers and experts will converge in Omaha, Nebraska for the annual CSTA conference, held this year from July 7th - 10th. Not only is this conference a great place to learn, it’s a unique opportunity to develop a professional learning...

Support Innovation by Supporting Teachers

In preparation for Teacher Appreciation Week, it is important for all stakeholders in the realm of education to consider how each of us can step up to the plate and show gratitude for our teachers on the front lines; not just for an honorary week, but all year long....

Teaching and Learning Instructional Frameworks

Dan Willingham, a psychologist at the University of Virginia and prolific author on the science of teaching and learning, is always an interesting read, and his latest article for Education Next does not disappoint. In it, he asks readers, and himself, to consider the...

Digital Citizenship

As digital devices and internet access is being given to children younger than ever before, it is imperative that we address with them the understanding of how to participate and utilize these tools in a safe and appropriate manner through digital citizenship education.